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WaPo’s Ahrens to Hyundai Global PR

Longtime WaPo business writer Frank Ahrens has bid adieu to the Post to follow his wife to South Korea where he will head up Hyundai Motor Co.’s global PR as Director of Worldwide Corporate Affairs. Memo announcing his departure below:

“We are sad to announce that Frank Ahrens is leaving sooner, rather than later, as he accompanies his wife, Rebekah Davis, on her State Department assignment in South Korea. Frank will finally assume his rightful place as a captain of industry, having accepted a position in Seoul as Director/Worldwide Corporate Affairs in Global P.R. for Hyundai Motor Co., coordinating the automaker’s global public relations strategy.

After 18 years at the Post, Frank’s last day is today. He has done layout in Sports, mastered the 85-inch William Shatner profile in Style and reinvented himself as a Brooks Brothers-wearing financial blogger in Business. At every stage Frank has charged forward with bravado, exuding a deep commitment to both capital-J Journalism and, more specifically, to The Washington Post as an institution and professional family.

We hope his legions of admirers will join us for the caking at 4:30 back in Financial. We will, needless to say, miss him greatly.


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Morning Reading List, 04.15.08

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Happy Tax Day Washington. Playbook tells us that “Patrick Henry, Ed’s son, is 7.” Here’s your TV coverage of the Pope’s visit. Here’s the full text of Sen. John McCain’s remarks to the AP annual meeting yesterday. Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks today. And be sure to check out TVNewser’s ongoing coverage of the 2008 NAB-RTNDA conference in Las Vegas.

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • You think Obama’s bitter comment was totally overblown.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because I just had a great job interview at a paper that has an actual functioning newsroom, with good editors who get to the root of the community’s problems. So, why am I angry? They can’t afford to pay me as much as the crappy paper I’m working at now. Damn IT!”


  • Washington Post reported on Saturday, “Caroline H. Little stepped down yesterday as chief executive and publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), the company announced.”

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  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports, “The Internet is up, the newspaper business is down, so no one would expect the top people at the Washington Post Company to be pulling down tens of millions of dollars a year like their counterparts in finance and entertainment. But they’re not suffering. According to 2007 filings, here are paychecks for the three best-paid Posties and their boss.”

  • Bernstein: what makes good journalism

  • British Journalist for CBS Freed in Iraqi Army Raid

  • My Wall Street Journal Editor: WSJ Officials ‘Pretty Thin-Skinned‘”

  • After 18 years as founding editor of ForbesLife, Christopher Buckley has decided to move into the role of editor at large in order to focus more on his writing.”

  • US military to free AP photographer

  • Writers Vs. Editors: A Battle for the Ages

  • The AP reports, “As newspaper publishers build up their online operations and struggle through an advertising slump, one group is worried about being left behind — the folks who make printing presses and other equipment used to make newspapers.”

  • Time for New Blood in Newspaper Boardrooms: A Slate

  • E&P reports, “U.S. daily newspapers shrank their newsrooms by 2,400 journalists in the past year, a 4.4% workforce decrease that’s the biggest year-over-year cut in ranks since the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) began conducting its annual census 30 years ago.”

  • A Second Opinion of David Brooks

  • Romenesko has a memo from the Post’s Frank Ahrens: “After our big Pulitzer win on Monday, there was some melancholy around the newsroom along the lines of, ‘Oh, this will be the last year this kind of thing will happen.’ I said just the opposite. I bet the Big Three — us, the Times and the Journal — will most likely increase our dominance of the Pulitzers in coming years. Why? Because it’s the mid-sized papers that have been/will be so hard-hit by cuts they will no longer be able to produce Pulitzer-caliber journalism.” And, Los Angeles Times’ Peter Spiegel responds: “Frank Ahrens is an old friend of mine, so I hate to disagree with him in public, but I feel the need to defend my employer’s honor. I’m not sure where he gets the idea that the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are ‘the big three’ of American newspaper journalism.”

  • The Editors Weblog reports, “San Jose Mercury News designer Martin Gee has posted a photo documentary of the effects of several rounds of layoffs and buyouts in his California newsroom.”

  • Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg reports, “TK Continues to Win Argument Against Nobody”

  • Daily Campello Art News reports, “Norfolk newspaper The Virginian-Pilot sponsors an annual Student Gallery competition hosted at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The top awards were announced a couple of weeks ago at the Chrysler Museum of Art, where works by the contest’s 62 finalists are on display. Erin Ayres ‘Unveiled Tokens of Lonely and Deserted Past,’ was among two works that earned her the $1,000 first-place award. Now the controversy part… Teresa Annas, art critic for the same newspaper courageously writes that: This year’s top winners resulted from a third round of judging. The first two jurors selected nude artworks for first place. Those judges were Aaron De Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, and Scott Howe, director of education and public programs at the Chrysler Museum. The Virginian-Pilot, the contest’s main sponsor, declined to honor those choices.”

  • Business Week reports, “Who Rupert Murdoch Had On Speed Dial. … Among a list understandably studded with News Corp executives and operating heads, it’s interesting to find New York Post editor (and longtime Murdoch confidant) Col Allan.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Jack F. Patterson, a hard-nosed newspaper executive who guided The Washington Post to unprecedented circulation growth from the 1950s to the 1980s and who mentored generations of the paper’s top administrators, died April 9 of melanoma at his home in Bethesda. He was 93.”

  • New York Times’ Clark Hoyt explores “The Blur Between Analysis and Opinion”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell asks, “The Washington Post was awash in Pulitzer Prizes last week — six of them, the most ever for The Post. In the world of newspaper journalism, Pulitzers are the pinnacle. But the prizes are awarded by journalists to journalists. Do they mean anything to readers, especially in this perilous time of newspaper contraction?”

  • Ben Pershing’s Player of the Week is Sen. Robert Byrd. “And, at 90 years old and in increasingly poor health, he is the chairman of one of the most important committees in Congress. The headline news on Capitol Hill this week was about Iraq, housing and the Colombia free trade agreement. But below the surface, a crucial subplot was unfolding in the Senate, as Byrd’s Democratic colleagues cautiously began discussing whether he should continue to chair the Appropriations Committee. On Tuesday, about 15 key Senate Democrats discussed at a private meeting whether Byrd would be able to handle the upcoming Iraq supplemental bill, according to a Roll Call story (subscription required). That initial media report sparked a flurry of subsequent and sometimes contradictory stories in the Capitol Hill press. The Politico got several Senate Democrats saying — publicly, at least — that they support Byrd. Roll Call came back with a report that Byrd was calling colleagues in hopes of saving his job. The Hill newspaper said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was angling for Byrd’s post, though Leahy denied it. … What’s really going on here? Why is there so much confusion on the subject? There are two primary reasons: Senate collegiality and media skittishness.”

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  • Obama doesn’t commit to N.C. debate

  • Debating the Debate Usage Guidelines

  • A release announced, “WTTG FOX 5 has been awarded four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, including ‘Overall Excellence,’ announced Duffy Dyer, the station’s Vice President and General Manager. FOX 5 News also received awards in the ‘Best Newscast,’ ‘Investigative Reporting’ and ‘Videography’ categories.”

  • Ailes to B&C Hall of Fame

  • Newsweek asks, “Can news anchors like Katie Couric survive?”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Indecency cases stuck in legal limbo at FCC”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “The 2008 Media Research Center’s DisHonors Awards took place last night in Washington, D.C. and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was (dis)honored with the ‘Quote Of The Year Award.’”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “CNN’s Wolf Blitzer isn’t just a newsman. He’s also a Washington sports nut, a regular at George Washington University men’s basketball games, a midcourt season ticket holder for the Washington Wizards, and big fan of the new Nationals baseball team. Lately, he’s tied both passions together, giving a Wizards pregame analysis from CNN’s Situation Room for the Verizon Center’s JumboTron. Now, he has his eyes on the Nats, whose new stadium boasts the biggest outfield TV ever. ‘I’d do it for the Nationals, too, but only if they want me,’ he tells us. ‘That’s a really big scoreboard.’”

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  • Blogger Is Surprised by Uproar Over Obama Story, but Not Bitter

  • CJR’s Curtis Brainard reports, “A strange thing happened Tuesday. The New Republic had just launched a new ‘Environment & Energy’ blog on Sunday, and it had already hit a bump in the road. Just below the blog’s masthead was a small, green logo with the words, ‘Powered by BP.’ Within a day of the launch, TNR readers had begun to complain about irony of an oil giant (even one that has been trying to burnish its green credential for years) ‘powering’ (most assumed sponsoring) a blog about issues such as climate change and the development of renewable fuels. Just as I was reading the blog’s inaugural posts and its readers’ comments I refreshed the page and, lo and behold, the controversial BP logo had disappeared.”

  • The AP reports, “As people turn increasingly to the Internet for their news, there is concern whether they are learning enough about what goes on in their communities. With ‘the thinning down of newspapers and local television in America, there is measurably less local, civic information available,’ said Alberto Ibarguen, president and chief executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. ‘So what are the consequences of that?’ The foundation and the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, hope to find out.”

  • allows you to “Test Your Knowledge of Budget-Conscious News Ops and More in Media Guy’s Media-Studies Quiz”

  • reports, “Salon Media, the parent of, has raised $1 million in equity financing by selling its stock, just in time as its money was running out, again. The note, which it issued on April 4, 2008, may be convertible at a future date into common stock of the company at a conversion price equal of $1.68, it said in an SEC filing. They bear interest at the rate of 7.5 percent per annum, payable semi-annually, in cash or in kind, and mature on March 31, 2012, the filing states. It will use the funds raised for working capital and other general corporate purposes, the company said.”

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  • toohotfortnr writes, “On Monday, THFTNR goes out of business and Attackerman rises to take its place. That means I have a limited amount of time to take this blog back to its essence: the beef with TNR. And I have one score in particular that I badly need to settle. The story of Snitching Ryan Lizza.”

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  • Washington City Paper reports, “The health problems that sidelined WTOP’s Mark Plotkin for more than three months have apparently been resolved–the man was back in the chair this morning on the Politics Program in fine old form”

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  • Gridskipper takes a look at The Newseum.

  • Don’t forget, the NLGJA-DC Happy Hour is Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Helix Lounge at 1430 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.

  • Washington Social Diary reports, “There are small parties and there are big parties, and there are parties that are huge. Washington’s newest monumental addition, the Newseum, gave itself an opening party the other night that was huge — so many (one count had it at 1800) that they had to stand in line. Men in black tie, women in evening dresses, getting checked off the guest list.”

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  • St. Mary’s Today is looking for a News Desk/Reporter Person.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Live-Blogging Murdoch

    We’re here in Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall, listening to News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch.

    1:32 PM: Lovely. Press is stuffed way in the back.

    1:33 PM: Naturally, Jack Shafer’s here. We’re hoping for some good heckling.

    1:34 PM: Frank Ahrens, too.

    1:37 PM: Our faith in youth is restored. A Georgetown student recalled that “Rupert” is also a character in this classic.

    1:38 PM: Fox News cameraman overheard saying “Yeah, Ailes is making us cover this crap.”


    1:44 PM: Murdoch’s on stage. Homeboy has to be dying his hair. Then again, given our sweet ass press seats in the way back of the room, we could be totally mistaken.

    1:45 PM: George G. Daly, Dean of the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, introduces Murdoch and calls him “the preeminent media executive of this era” and “a quite remarkable man.”

    1:50 PM: Murdoch discusses the similarities between Jesuits and News Corp:

    Both attract highly talented people from all over the globe. Both like to challenge the status quo. Both have the reputation for independence and innovation. The difference? “We don’t insist on public vows of chastity.”

    1:51 PM: “If Fox News is all you know about our company, you don’t know about our company. And if you don’t know about our company than you’re missing a big piece about how news and television are changing in the 21st century.”

    1:52 PM: “We have one certainty: we can never be sure where the industry will end up. … Technology is going to destroy all the old ways and old assumptions of doing business, most especially in the media.”

    1:53 PM: “They think that technology is ruining their business because it’s making their job harder,” says Murdoch, but says that technology allows for greater access to media products by consumers.

    1:55 PM: “Google is a fantastic company and they are on the cutting edge of technology. Mostly they are writing code for hte Internet to allow people to make betetr use of it. And Google is very good at that.”

    1:56: “You are all looking for the same thing: Good content. Good content is inherently creative.”

    1:57: “No one entertains, informs or innovates quite like we do. … If there is an audience for news, we want to feed it.”

    1:59: Listing successes: American Idol, Super Bowl, Carrie Underwood, Horton Hears A Who, WSJ, Dangerous of Book of Boys, Night at the Museum, etc., etc.

    1:58: Talks of global warming….”We are committed for selfish reasons. We want our business to be around for the next 100 or 200 years.” Says News Corp. will be carbon neutral by 2010.

    2:01: “As a day to day reality, television can no longer rely on a mass audience. … There is no magic bullet, no one size fits all solution. To stay ahead of the competiton, a media company needs to diversify geographically so it can reach more people. It needs to diversity by platform, which is one reason we bought MySpace and it needs to be constantly nuturing a new generation of businesses and business models to take place of the old.”

    2:09: The Wall Street Journal was not only a very unique newspaper … but was a national newspaper that sells … to the most affluent and influential people in the country.”

    2:10: Newspapers are the “greatest training ground possible for young people in media.”

    2:11: Newsday…”I don’t know if we’ll get it, somebody else might get it.”

    2:12: On Facebook/MySpace…”There’s no doubt that a lot of people like Facebook and that it’s very good.”

    2:14: “Early on it was very young people going to MySpace. Today the average age of someone joining is 30. … We have more page views … then the whole of Yahoo put together or any other service. … We take Facebook seriously…. It’s not a head on fight. I think a lot of people are on both. … As for monetizing social sites, Facebook has an even bigger problem.”

    2:18: “Google has so captured the imagination of the public throughout the world…Google seems to have a momentum to it that Yahoo is having great difficulty turning back.”

    2:21: “It’s very hard to be neutral. People laugh at us because we call ourselves ‘Fair and Balanced.’ Fact is, CNN, who’s always been extremely liberal, never had a Republican or conservative voice on it. The only difference is that we have equal voices on both sides but that seems to have upset a lot of liberals. … The more voices the better.”

    2:22: Student Doug Goff — asking a question from the aisle — clearly already has political ambitions. “Thank you for coming, Mr. Murdoch. We really appreciate it.”

    2:23: “My personal views are there. They don’t affect the newspapers and I stand by that.”

    2:24: On Obama: “We still think he’s one of the most interesting people to emerge.”

    2:26: “I better be careful. I always get in trouble when I speak about China, especially in front of my Chinese wife.”

    “Things change from time to time and I believe that things are going to change and open up in China just by the force of things.”

    “There is a real wealthy middle class appearing and those people .. .they’re going to start to want a little more say in their country and then I think you’ll find in ensuing regimes … I don’t know when .. .it’s going to gradually open up and be a lot freer.”

    “Wherever we go, any country, local programming, local news is always the most popular. But there will be opportunities arising in China over the next twenty years for worldwide companies, whether they be European or American or whenever, to invest and take part in, as there will be opportunities for Chinese companies to invest in this country.”

    2:35: Tom Ridge is here.

    2:36: Questioner: “As a citizen, I’m scared. The free press used to be the corps of democracy. Please convince me that the world media consolidation in one hand is not a threat to democracy.”

    Murdoch: Says “absolutely” that would be the case, but “we are a tiny fraction of the media landscape. There are millions of voices out there and we certainly don’t have any of that sort of monopolistic view. Everything we’ve done in my opinion is to create competition. We’ve started up against other people everywhere. All of our activities are competing with other people and we think that’s a public servcice. We want to give people choices. The more choice there is, the better it is. …[To think the media world is concentrating] is ignoring the facts. It is being fragmented in a milion ways. And I think that’s good. It doesn’t suit my business but… [Laughter]

    2:39: The end.

    Morning Reading List, 04.26.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You have no love for Rich Little.

  • San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief Marc Sandalow is taking a leave of absence to write a book on Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

  • Community Associations Institute is looking for an Editor.

  • Newspapers debate online reader comments

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Meetings and Special Programs Coordinator.

  • Mark Burnett, MySpace Team Up for a Competition to Pick a Political Candidate

  • A Media Role in Selling the War? No Question.

  • Journalists and John McCain: Is The Honeymoon Really Over?

  • Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • Inside Higher Ed is looking for a Audience Development Manager for their Online Publication.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Art Director.

  • The pregnant and positively glowing MSNBC anchor, along with “Meet the Press” producer Michelle Jaconi, party-thrower extraordinaire (and lobbyist) Juleanna Glover Weiss and Mary Amons, is hosting a book party for Jill Kargman, author of “Momzillas,” at the Ralph Lauren store at the Collection at Chevy Chase on Tuesday.”

  • The Associated Press is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is looking for an Online Interactives Editor, an Online Associate Editor and a Director for Online News Hour Extra.

  • Media Biz reports, “According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas Tuesday, media companies announced 4,391 layoffs during the first quarter of this year, up 93 percent from the 2,271 layoffs in the first three months of last year.”

  • “More than 60% of the minutes on the cable and radio talk shows” were about Don Imus, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for the week of April 8 to 13.

  • David S. Evans, founder of management consulting firm Market Platform Dynamics, writes, “Make no mistake: The only way to stop the slide of the newspaper industry into oblivion is to replace the traditional paper “form factor” with a technology that can compete with pay-per-click, per-per-action and contextual advertising.”

  • The Pew News Interest Index shows, “The shootings at Virginia Tech University overshadowed all other news stories last week — both in terms of coverage and public interest. Fully 45% of Americans paid very close attention to the tragedy and 56% said it was the single news story they followed more closely than any other last week. However, interest in the Virginia Tech shootings was considerably lower than interest in the Columbine High School shootings which occurred almost exactly eight years earlier.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. began a $4.28 billion tender offer, the first stage of the newspaper publisher’s planned buyout by billionaire Sam Zell. Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, is offering to buy back 126 million shares at $34 each, according to a statement from the Chicago-based company today. The purchase will be financed by bank loans and $250 million from Zell.”

  • Tonight, Blank Rome’s Kelly R. Bobek will be presented the “Distinguished Member Award” from Women in Government Relations at the organization’s annual Spring Gala.

  • Peter Beinart and Jonah Goldberg ask, “Are reporters too nice to John McCain?”

  • Time Magazine asks its readers, “Who do you think should be on this year’s list of TIME’s most influential people?” Readers can rate their top choices of the 200 candidates and rate their top choices.

  • E&P reports, “Anyone thinking the declines in circulation should ease when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its spring numbers on Monday will be disappointed. According to industry sources, overall daily circulation for the six months ending March 2007 is expected to sink approximately 2.5% while Sunday will drop around 3.0%.”

  • The Irish Times reports, “The emergence of the mobile phone and the rise of text messaging poses a significant threat to writing standards in English,” according to the Ireland’s Department of Education chief examiner in the subject.

  • The Rappahannock Voice’s James Gannon explores “what the controversy over Robert Chappell’s ban on the press” at a Virginia Tech memorial service “was about — and what it was not about.”

  • C&E has confirmed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former DCCC Chairman and Rep. Vic Fazio , and Joe Trippi as speakers for the August “All Things Political” training conference.

  • Politco’s Ryan Grim writes, “Green: The New Red, White & Blue,” a documentary now airing on Discovery and the Discovery Times Channel, is facile and superficial, with an underlying streak of arrogance. In short, it’s a Thomas Friedman work.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co. shareholders, led by Morgan Stanley, withheld 42 percent of their votes from directors to protest the Sulzberger family’s control over the company. An average of 52.5 million of the 124.2 million shares voted declined to support the directors’ re-election, the company announced on its Web site following the annual shareholder meeting in New York.”

  • Greg Sargent writes, “You won’t be surprised to hear that Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post is willing to stoop to extraordinary depths of dishonesty to smear Dems, but this one is quite remarkable. Check out the rewrite that The Post has done on an AP story it ran today. The Post’s version is far, far, far worse — almost comically so, in fact — for Harry Reid and the Dems than the AP story was in its original form.”

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post’s Kaplan education division continues to expand through acquisitions, this time planning to acquire an investment management school in Australia.”

  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc. has knocked Microsoft Corp. from its perch as the world’s top-ranked brand,” according to findings released by Financial Times and market research firm Millward Brown.

  • Washington Post’s Paul Farhi and Frank Ahrens reports, “Federal regulators, concerned about the effect of television violence on children, will recommend that Congress enact legislation to give the government unprecedented powers to curb violence in entertainment programming, according to government and TV industry sources.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. became the nation’s largest satellite broadcaster with a network of hundreds of antennas that were built and operated in violation of U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules. At least a third of the 800 antennas that beam XM’s radio channels to millions of customers were placed in unapproved locations or emitted signals that were too strong, according to a review of FCC filings.”

  • Reuters reports, “The number of people visiting U.S. newspaper Web sites rose 5.3 percent during the first quarter, an industry group said on Monday, even as publishers reported slower online advertising sales growth.”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 03.27.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington

  • The hometown team is favored to win it all.

  • FishbowlDC has learned that Ben Giliberti is no longer a wine writer at the Washington Post.

  • A reader comments, regarding this, “There is also a major standoff between ABC and WGAE, which covers productions types in the Washington bureau.”

  • ThinkProgress documents what they call “A Bad Week For The Politico

  • Comedian Sheryl Underwood gets a daily talk show on XM

  • Check out the winners of the 2006 VPA News, Editorial & Photo Contest.

  • AirCongress has launched a new feature called the Monster Media MashUp. It will “keep tabs on the latest policy- and politics-related audio and video produced by outlets like Bloomberg, C-SPAN, the major television networks and more, and pull them together in recurring entries like this one.”

  • Slate’s Timothy Noah notes that, “Robert Novak remains bizarrely in denial about whether he unmasked a covert employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

  • A reader notes, “Breaking news can’t wait around for spell check. I guess CNN beating them today took a toll. Breaking News from ‘CORONER: ANNA NICOLE HAD NINE PERSCRIPTION DRUGS IN HER SYSTEM AND AN INFECTION IN HER BUTTOCKS CONTRIBUTED TO HER DEATH.’”

  • TVNewser tells us how President Bush interrupted Chris Matthews’ schmoozing.

  • Frank Ahrens reports, “The Washington Post Co. has nominated Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger to the company’s board of directors to replace longtime director George W. Wilson, who will retire at the May 10 board meeting.”

  • Ahrens also reports that TMZ is “the fastest-growing Internet news site.”

  • Arlington based is popping up everywhere, from the Today Show, to Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

  • The Extreme-ness looks back at Life magazine.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “As the 2008 presidential campaign gets rolling, Google is forming a political sales team. Political campaigns are expected to shift more of their advertising dollars to the Web.”

  • Reuters reports, “A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, says a survey by Park Associates, a Dallas-based market research firm.”

  • USAToday’s Peter Johnson writes, “Media experts say that the way ‘Hillary 1984′ video clip made its way into the national discussion serves as a cautionary tale for traditional news outlets, which risk spreading material that may be damaging or untrue to wider audiences — all for the sake of staying current with the Web.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “ and are trading blows in the race for top broadcast portal.”

  • The New York Times reports, “U.S. newspaper companies are reporting steep declines in advertising revenue for February, as classifieds continue to shift from print to online.”

  • reports that Conde Nast’s “is adding three bloggers: Lauren Goldstein Crowe, who helped launch Time Style & Design, will blog about fashion; Felix Salmon will blog on finance, and Tim Swanson, formerly of Premiere, will have an entertainment news blog.”

  • DCRTV has a rant.

  • Jeff Patch loves to spotattorneys general on the weekend.

  • DCRTV reports that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Deputy Western Finance Director Anne Brady “joins the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters as VP of the trade organization’s political action committee. Previously, Brady served as director for the Capitol Hill Heart Health Campaign.”

  • Kit Seelye reports, “For newspapers, February was the cruelest month. So far. Revenue from advertising was in striking decline last month, compared with February a year ago, and were generally weaker than analysts had expected.”

  • “The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, The News & Advance of Lynchburg and the Northern Virginia Daily of Strasburg have been honored as the best daily newspapers in Virginia.”

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.09.07

  • An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” outperformed CBS’ “Face the Nation” with 3.04 million Total Viewers on Sunday, March 4. “This is the ninth time this season ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ in Total Viewers.”

  • Pew Weekly’s News Interest Index is up.

  • From Wake-Up Call:

      Continuing his recent obsession with purity, Chris Matthews said of a guest: “He’s as pure as the driven snow. … I’ve never met someone so pure” (“Hardball”).

  • PostieCon is ready for you.

  • Data-Planet launches. From the release:”Researchers wanting to quickly compare, trend, profile or map data from multiple federal agencies no longer need dozens of sites and several software applications. Data-Planet (, a new service of Conquest Systems Inc., offers current and historical public statistical data from many of the federal statistical producing agencies, as well as data from non-government organizations.”

  • From the NBC release: “Meet the Press with Tim Russert outperforms CBS and ABC by over one million viewers and FOX by over 2.4 million. Also tops CBS, CBS, ABC and FOX in homes and adults 25-54.”

  • Woodruff Says He Won’t Return To Iraq

  • National Book Critics Circle awards announced.

  • unveils interactive report on Darfur crisis.

  • Blogging for dollars raises questions of online ethics

  • From DCRTV: “Former Channel 9/WUSA reporter Ellen Kingsley’s 20-year fight against breast cancer ended today in Texas.”

  • Next week is Sunshine Week!

  • Interface Media Group sold to longtime employee

  • From OpinionJournal:

      Another Man’s Victim?
      Reuters has a cute little human interest story about funny people from Vermont holding “town meetings” where they call for President Bush’s impeachment. What caught our eye was not the darling little Vermonters, though, but something in this paragraph:

      Doug Dunbebin, who walked door-to-door collecting signatures to get the question onto the town meeting ballot, said there are still unanswered questions about September 11, 2001, when hijacked plane attacks killed 2,992 people at New York’s World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

      That number, 2,992, looked unfamiliar to us. We went back and looked at our December item on the Associated Press’s bogus “grim milestone” (U.S. military deaths in Iraq surpassing total 9/11 deaths), and sure enough, the AP’s 9/11 count was different: 2,973 to be exact.

      What’s the difference between 2,992 and 2,973? Nineteen. It seems Reuters is counting the terrorists–or should that be “freedom fighters”?–among the victims of 9/11.

  • Did somebody just call Jonathan Yardley a “worn-out old whore”?

  • Sports reporter George Michael will appear at Nathans’ Q&A Cafe April 4.
  • A tipster makes this good point (regarding this): “The WHCA decides the seating in the briefing room, not the administration.”

  • No joke: The Politico (or as the tipster who pointed this out to us said, “self-promotico”) has its own “Fans of the Politico” Facebook page.

  • Chicago Sun-Times’ Carol Marin takes a swipe at Mark Leibovich.

  • Gallup is looking for a Internet Webcast Producer. “Candidates for this opportunity must have 2 years of experience as a producer or an associate producer. Broad knowledge of Internet production methods is helpful.”

  • The Association of Health Care Journalists announced the winners of the 2006 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Frank Christopher, Matthew Eisen and Marc Shaffer, of PBS and Susan Dentzer, Murrey Jacobson and Elizabeth Callan, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, of PBS are both among the winners.

  • A reader asks, “How hard pressed is the politico for copy that it ran an full page except from Martin Tolchin’s book — which was released in July, 2006?!”

  • Another reader tells us, “I believe the Post reporter you mentioned causing some tension at the Kalb Report was actually WSJ deputy Washington bureau chief David Wessel.”

  • Washington Post’s Frank Ahrens reports, “If there’s any good news about the businesses of newspapering these days, it can be found at the industry’s littlest papers, which are doing well even as their bigger brothers founder.”

  • Noam Cohen reports that C-SPAN announced that it is “changing its copyright policy to ‘allow noncommercial copying, sharing and posting’ on the Internet of its coverage of events sponsored by Congress or any federal agency, a decision that covers about 50 percent of its material.”

  • DCRTV reports, “Superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, on his two-week-old Washington Post Radio show today, was asked about his ratings: ‘I went to a station with no ratings. So if I get seven listeners they’ll carry me around like a god.’”

  • NYT Assistant Managing Editor Glenn Kramon: Sorta jealous of the Post.

  • You too can smell like us.